Welcome to the latest Financial Friday Round-Up, our weekly column filled with the best things for you to read, watch or listen to regarding finance around the web. Below you will find articles on credit card debt, health care in retirement, raising your home value, and more.
The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Americans have been paying off their debts at a rate not seen in years. Using numbers from Discover, Capital One, and Synchrony Financial, this piece provides a snapshot of a country eager to leave credit card debt in the past.
Health care is one of the major factors to consider when planning retirement. This year, Fidelity reports that a 65-year-old couple can expect to spend a combined $300,000 on health care in retirement, up 1.7% from last year. Check out this piece from Money for how to plan for and lower those costs in your retirement plan.
There is no one-size-fits-all retirement city. Instead, you should consider the factors important to you and your partner — access to medical specialists, lack of hurricanes, affordability, weather — and narrow it down from there. Forbes makes it a little easier by providing a list of retirement cities with the greatest long-term value.
The right touch-ups before you sell your home can boost its selling price, but you have to know which projects are worth the work. Check out this list from Money this week for six projects to consider that could boost your home price when you sell.